God Can Take the Sting Out of the Past

God certainly knew what He was doing when He sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and to give us power. We need both comfort and power if we are to rid ourselves of memories that bind and emotional responses that cripple our relationships. It is the power of the Holy Spirit, as we call out to God for help, that can reach deep down, cleansing the subconscious mind, and get into the depths of one’s heart.

It is a conscious choice we then make to respond to life’s vicissitudes with an attitude that says, “I relinquish all this ugliness to You, God. Restore to me all that is needful so I can walk forward in Your power.”

Peace in the Christian life comes as a result of the presence of  Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us, enabling us to stand fast in the Lord. The Apostle Paul talked much of this in his letters. He understood that God at work in us guards our hearts and minds through Christ. Paul said in Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” This is sure protection from unsettling and destructive thought patterns.

Paul said to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy (see Philippians 4:8). When you do that, the mind will not wander off into negative thought patterns that are damaging your emotions and breaking your focus.

You can be humiliated, lied against, deceived, betrayed and even suffer bodily harm; yet, you can get over it when you cultivate the mindset that says through Christ you can conquer overwhelmingly. We are told in Romans 8:37, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. And, Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you (Romans 8:9).

A  positive force can overcome a negative power.  However, if you let the hurtful memories of the past hang over you like a cloud, you will continue to have problems. The Bible provides many examples of men and women who persevered in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.  (Dr. Lester Sumrall, Healing of the Memories, 2012 by LeSea publishing)

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